Tag Archive | hope

See You Under The Stars

{Images are not mine – sourced from Google and Pinterest}

Today is the last Saturday in March, and as such it is the day recognized worldwide as EARTH HOUR since it began in Sydney, Australia in 2007. It is now one of the most widely recognized environmental awareness events with people and organizations around the globe turning off all non-essential lights between 8:30 and 9:30pm local time.

To me this evening represents how small changes can add up to a big impact. Plus as a birding enthusiast, I’m always delighted to see fewer and fewer skyscraper lights illuminating empty floors and distracting evening migrants. Thank you to businesses and organizations who participate and role-model to others how it’s done! And beyond just today, rather using it as a springboard for change. My family and I will be pleased to display candlelight flickering in windows of our occupied rooms tonight as we darken our home and lower our energy consumption.

Let’s do what we can to lower electrical usage this evening. A couple of years ago my family played board games by candlelight, and last year we went for a long, enjoyable walk. What ideas do you have for an unplugged type of evening? Whatever it may be, do stay safe with burning candles and negotiating yourself in the dark, but do something. It matters more than you may know! Turn off the lights and let our hearts shine with hope. And I’ll see you under the stars.

 

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

{attributed to Margaret Mead but no source found *Wikiquote* ~ wise words nonetheless}

His love is deeper

“There is no pit so deep, that God’s love is not deeper still.”

-Corrie Ten Boom

[All images sourced from my collection on Pinterest here]

Blessings in Disguise

Perhaps longer than some songs at five minutes this particular gem has been soothing my heart during repeated plays lately. There is nothing quite like beautiful music and a melodious voice talent combined with poetic wisdom to penetrate through the mire and pierce our heart with much-needed light. May this song bring light to your heart as it does for me.

“Blessings” by Laura Story

We pray for blessings, we pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
prayer mattersWe pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
And all the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

‘Cause what if Your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes
To know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your word is not enough
And all the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

‘Cause what if Your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

refreshing rainWhen friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not,
This is not our home
It’s not our home

‘Cause what if Your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
And what if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes
to know You’re near

What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise

Laura Mixon Story Elvington (born c. September 5, 1978) is an American contemporary Christian music singer-songwriter from Spartanburg, South Carolina. In June 2011, this first single off the album, also titled “Blessings”, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Songs chart, giving Laura Story her first number one hit and making her one of the few female Christian artists to ever reach the top of the singles chart. In an interview, she explains “Blessings is just a bunch of songs about worshipping when life is hard”. Her husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and she wondered “Why didn’t you just fix it, God? You’re all powerful and all loving… just fix it.” After mentioning her desire to return to normal, her sister said “You know, I think the detour is actually the road.” She realized that “Spending time with [her husband] Martin obviously makes me happy, but it makes me a better person. That’s the blessing of it.” [source]

Allowing for JOY


“When a sword is tempered, it is first heated to melting point then hammered into a desired shape. It is plunged into cold water. Once cooled it is fired and hammered again until it grows sharp and strong. This tempering makes the sword worthy of being carried by a King. As we learn to endure and surrender to the fire, the hammer, and the cold, we grow strong and uncomplaining. We are able to face whatever comes, holding our temper, while we ourselves we are being tempered.” ~Ann Mortifee, In Love With The Mystery

LUKE 12:7~ But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

 

These 3 lovely images are not my own; sourced from my “UPLIFTING” Pinterest board

Hopefulness

1childeye EarthLet us visualize what we want to have happen… imagine and see the life we want to walk into. Let’s think about what we want to have happen in our future. See it now. Notice it. Focus on it.

Kind actions are happening right here and right now, all around us. Look for the polite drivers who let in that merging car, and the courteous cashier who calls “I’m open over here.” Maybe you’ll observe a neighbor who smiles at others or a bus driver who is kind. Let’s see the good. Focus on it. And also do what we can to BE the good. Let’s lead the way, and show how it’s done. Role models matter! And helping to shine light and kindness in the world really can be as simple as a genuine smile.

nature therapyTake care of YOU so that you can bring your brightest light. Remember that what you think about, focus on, and do really makes a difference in our world, more than you may ever know. Your smiling face, good mood and congenial kindness all help raise the energy of everyone around you.

Begin within, find your faith (whatever touches and inspires your heart), take care of you, and shine your light brightly. Let’s all do what we can to fill our hearts with so much gratitude and love that our hearts can overflow into the hearts of others!

We need your light. You are beautiful. Thank you for visiting, reading, and being You! Love, Gina ~ Professions For Peace

 

1handholding Earth“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.” ~ Anne Frank

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.” ~ Robert Fulghum

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.” ~ John Lennon

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” ~ Pablo Neruda

“It is often in the darkest skies that we see the brightest stars.” ~ Richard Evans

The Christmas Candle read aloud

Here is a story that takes less than ten minutes to enjoy yet its message is timeless.

I’m sharing this read-aloud story with my deepest humility, knowing I am very new to this. Certainly I will get better at my recordings, but I read and reread through my old, lovingly worn edition of the book until this version felt acceptable.

Strong has been the pull from within me to share this story from my children’s youth. Its message is very important for us to understand, all year round but especially at this time of year.

Let us see others as if they are illuminated with the magical light of the Christmas candle, and we will see that we are all members of one family.

Let there be peace, and let it begin with me.

Warmest blessings of the season! Gina

The Christmas Candle book cover

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Celebrating What Is

“Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is.”

~Mandy Hale